Don’t believe the American Heart Assn

Don’t believe the American Heart Assn. — butter, steak and coconut oil aren’t likely to kill you

Last month, the American Heart Assn. once again went after butter, steak and especially coconut oil with this familiar warning: The saturated fats in these foods cause heart disease. The organization’s “presidential advisory” was a fresh look at the science and came in response to a growing number of researchers, including myself, who have pored over this same data in recent years and beg to differ. A rigorous review of the evidence shows that when it comes to heart attacks or mortality, saturated fats are not guilty.

To me, the AHA advisory released in June was mystifying. How could its scientists examine the same studies as I had, yet double down on an anti-saturated fat position? With a cardiologist, I went through the nuts and bolts of the AHA paper, and came to this conclusion: It was likely driven less by sound science than by longstanding bias, commercial interests and the AHA’s need to reaffirm nearly 70 years of its “heart healthy” advice.

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That the AHA should be so resistant to updating its view of saturated fats, despite so much legitimate science, could simply reflect the association’s unwavering devotion to a belief it has promoted for decades. Or it could be due to its significant, longstanding reliance on funding from interested industries, such as the vegetable-oil manufacturer Procter & Gamble, maker of Crisco, which virtually launched the AHA as a nation-wide powerhouse in 1948 by designating the then-needy group to receive all the funds from a radio contest it sponsored (about $17 million). More recently, Bayer, the owner of LibertyLink soybeans, pledged up to $500,000 to the AHA, perhaps encouraged by the group’s continued support of soybean oil, by far the dominant ingredient in the “vegetable oil” consumed in America today.

Read the article: Don’t believe the American Heart Assn. — butter, steak and coconut oil aren’t likely to kill you – LA Times

Statin drugs: A trillion dollar fraud – Personal Liberty®

As we’ve been watching this flurry of articles and comments on the statin drug issue, it becomes clear that most people don’t understand the hugely negative influence industry has had on the prescription and sale of these drugs. Unsuspecting and uneducated, we have tended to blindly trust doctors who prescribe these drugs. It’s time to stop and educate ourselves.

Firstly we need to understand what cholesterol is and what its function is in the body. Cholesterol actually plays a critical role in body chemistry. As this article on the Personal Liberty website states

To suppress cholesterol levels with cholesterol drugs is to create degenerative disease.

Total sales of statin drugs is on a pace to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according to Dr. John Ioannidis, in an editorial he wrote for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JANA). This makes statins big business. But it’s business built on fraud and deceit.

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